So I’ve always considered myself to be a pretty healthy person, I’ve always eaten what I believed to be a balanced diet; fruit, veg, rice, pasta, grains and non-processed sugar desserts, and the occasional treat. I was never one for exercising but I have a job where I’m on the move all day and enjoyed going for walks with my dog. I have no major health issues, am not overweight although over the past couple of years I’ve put on a few kg that I haven’t been able to lose (no big deal). My main complaint has always been that I always feel tired and have no energy….but hey doesn’t everyone feel that way in this fast paced world, with a busy job, family, and social commitments. Since starting this process I’ve realised that I do have quite dramatic mood swings especially relating to hormones. I have also struggled since I was a teenager with bad acne which I’ll admit has improved with time but is still an issue with regular break outs. I’m just letting you know all of this as through this process I hope to be able to rectify these things and I feel that three weeks in already there are improvements in some of these areas.
The discovery of this way of life all started with my mum, she has recently been diagnosed with celiac disease (by a holistic health professional)….which in the beginning I thought was a bit of an overreaction. I mean she’s had no major symptoms, had always been able to eat gluten products no problem and to be honest, I just thought of it as just the latest trend to be on a gluten free diet and to be gluten intolerant. It was through her and her experiences, her battle to find health, that I came to hear of this new “fad” called the paleo “diet”. When she first started going on about it I really didn’t see the point of it; I mean I’m healthy, I eat healthily, as did she…what was the point of this whole thing! Then I went along with her to a seminar and the speakers really made a lot of sense and after, I finally got what she had been going on about and I felt motivated and inspired that, for me at least, this was going to be my new way of life.
Since then I’ve been doing a lot of reading up on the paleo way of life (not just a fad diet) and the more I read, the more I think that this is the way of the future and that this is how we need to start eating if we want to fix the major health and weight issues of our species. Some of the things that I’ve read are pretty mind blowing…I thought I was eating healthy but really had no idea what I was putting into my body! I want to document and share this journey with you in the hope it will inspires you, and through my ups and downs show that this way of life is achievable and viable.
I’m in week 3 now of my 10 week “detox” and it’s been hard work! There are times I think “Is it all really worth it?”, and dealing with the cravings when you’re at the end of a long tiring day and just want some quick, easy, delicious take-away have been hard at times. But not giving into the temptation is far more gratifying than the remorse I feel when I do give in (it is never worth it, it just makes you feel worse), believe me I’ve given in a few times. It is human to falter, I have tried not to beat myself up about these things, the main thing I feel is that I have picked myself back up again and have continued with this clean living process. It is not a quick 10 week fix, this is a whole lifestyle change, you need to figure out what works for you.
So what are the changes so far, I feel that my mood is more stable and I’m not quite so up and down with my cycle of hormones as I used to be. Through this lifestyle I want to not only change my eating habits but my whole way of living. We get so wrapped up in our small little world, I want to broaden my mind with new ways of thinking and being. I’m starting to feel like I have more energy…I won’t lie to you I have yet to have a miraculous recovery in this department but when you consider how long I’ve been polluting my body it may take a while to recover. Although this is not my motivation for making this lifestyle change, I’ve lost 3kg and am now at what I considered to be my goal weight…in three weeks 😮
I’m fitter than I’ve ever been in my life!…I am far from the sporty type and have never been into exercise but I’ve joined the gym and am really enjoying it. I’ve always been anti-gym thinking that it’s so unnecessary and I’ve always just kept in shape by power walking and things at home, skipping etc. but have never really been able to keep it up for long periods. I’ve been going the gym now for 6 months and the more I go the more motivated I am (so cliché I know, but true). Everyone is different, I go to group fitness classes and find that for me this is the best way to keep motivated as there’s always someone there pushing you to do better than the last time. This is just what works for me and keeps me motivated to keep going back….you need to find something that you enjoy otherwise it becomes a chore and will not be a long term lifestyle change.
So this is my story so far on my road to becoming a health food hippy. I’ll keep you posted on the progress.
Stay hippy xx